Bitch Reflex

I was floating doing my arm rehab in the pool yesterday.  As I floated worked very hard (the Torturer reads my blog) I also did some thinking.  I’m feeling a little out of sorts the last few days.  (Read: bitchy!)  Briefcase is off traveling, but that’s nothing new.  TR is spending a few months in Europe studying.  (Really she’s partying in every country she can get to.)  RC is in and out a lot this summer.  He’s busy working at his job, or vacationing with friends, or socializing.  PR is … fine.  Everything is just fine and so ho-hum.  So why do I feel like my Bitch Reflex is barely under control and about to emerge any second?


You know what a Bitch Reflex is, right?  When you just want to tear someone’s head off, stomp it on the ground and find the next person to do the exact same to.  When you can give a look and that look alone sends quivers down the spine of the recipient.  A strong Bitch Reflex changes your tongue into a lethal weapon delivering words that can do more damage than a gun or a sword.  The Bitch Reflex in all it’s uncontrolled glory is quite a sight to behold.


Sometimes hormones bring on a Bitch Reflex.  I wish I could blame the way I’ve felt lately on hormones, but I can’t.  Men have Bitch Reflexes too.  Women don’t own the Bitch Reflex, although we may have perfected it.  Maybe it’s the heat or the fact we’ve had some unusual humidity lately?  I’m not used to humidity in Orange County.  Sure, I guess I can blame the weather.  I feel like it wouldn’t take much at all to push me into Bitch Reflex land right now.  It might be awhile till I come back.


Or perhaps it’s not the weather but the fact that I can’t seem to accomplish one single productive thing each day with the kids out of school.  They seem to be running in and out constantly.  Why do I feel the need to be productive in the first place?  Why do they need me to drive them somewhere or pick them up from somewhere every time I start to do anything.  Why is it getting on my nerves so much lately?  Usually I’m okay with it.  


I love summer.  I love the heat; I love having the kids and all their friends around.  I like staying up late each night without the restriction of a 5:30 a.m. alarm to get the school day started.  So why a Bitch Reflex surfacing now?  Could it be post-Hawaii let down?  Taking a vacation the very first week the kids were out of school was great.  Now, however, a lot of hot summer days stretch ahead without anything super exciting to look forward to.  Maybe I just need to plan a cheap weekend getaway or something?


Well, whatever it is … it is.  I may not be able to pinpoint what the cause is, but I do recognize that it’s taking immense willpower to contain the Bitch Reflex.  What makes you cranky?  What revs up your Bitch Reflex?  Also, what snaps you out of it and gets you back to normal?  Anyone have any sure-fire cures for Bitch Reflex?  And please don’t say sex … Briefcase is out of town and I didn’t buy Wire Man!


Speaking of Wire Man ….  As an aside to those of you who read yesterday’s post.  Last night I could not stop singing The Hammer Song.  I was singing and/or humming it for hours after reading your comments!  You remember it, right?  “If I had a hammer … I’d hammer in the morning.  I’d hammer in the evening ….” Ha!  

24 Responses to “Bitch Reflex”

  1. Jan

    What brings on the Bitch Reflex? Two things, mostly, these days. The dead of winter (I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder) and menopause. It’s not a pretty sight.
    I believe I’ve actually ripped someone’s head off and stomped it into the ground…

  2. Jan

    What brings on the Bitch Reflex? Two things, mostly, these days. The dead of winter (I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder) and menopause. It’s not a pretty sight.
    I believe I’ve actually ripped someone’s head off and stomped it into the ground…

  3. Jan

    What brings on the Bitch Reflex? Two things, mostly, these days. The dead of winter (I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder) and menopause. It’s not a pretty sight.
    I believe I’ve actually ripped someone’s head off and stomped it into the ground…

  4. Midlife Slices

    Uhmm…let’s see…maybe I should be answering what DOESN’T bring on the Bitch Reflex these days. That might be a shorter list. 🙂
    I’m working on a cow post just for you so hang on to your floatie and I’ll get it done….eventually.

  5. Midlife Slices

    Uhmm…let’s see…maybe I should be answering what DOESN’T bring on the Bitch Reflex these days. That might be a shorter list. 🙂
    I’m working on a cow post just for you so hang on to your floatie and I’ll get it done….eventually.

  6. Midlife Slices

    Uhmm…let’s see…maybe I should be answering what DOESN’T bring on the Bitch Reflex these days. That might be a shorter list. 🙂
    I’m working on a cow post just for you so hang on to your floatie and I’ll get it done….eventually.

  7. EricaB

    Oh, Midlife Slices and I have something in common: the list of things that doesn’t put into all out “Bitch Reflex” is MUCH shorter than those that do…
    I also have a “mother bear” reflex. Of course, that is reserved for protecting my children (but I could be “protecting” them from some old hag that gave them a dirty look).
    I completely understand the inability to get out of the Bitch Reflex stage…I feel like I have been stuck there for far too long and don’t know how to get out…
    Keep on keeping on! It will work itself out!

  8. EricaB

    Oh, Midlife Slices and I have something in common: the list of things that doesn’t put into all out “Bitch Reflex” is MUCH shorter than those that do…
    I also have a “mother bear” reflex. Of course, that is reserved for protecting my children (but I could be “protecting” them from some old hag that gave them a dirty look).
    I completely understand the inability to get out of the Bitch Reflex stage…I feel like I have been stuck there for far too long and don’t know how to get out…
    Keep on keeping on! It will work itself out!

  9. EricaB

    Oh, Midlife Slices and I have something in common: the list of things that doesn’t put into all out “Bitch Reflex” is MUCH shorter than those that do…
    I also have a “mother bear” reflex. Of course, that is reserved for protecting my children (but I could be “protecting” them from some old hag that gave them a dirty look).
    I completely understand the inability to get out of the Bitch Reflex stage…I feel like I have been stuck there for far too long and don’t know how to get out…
    Keep on keeping on! It will work itself out!

  10. RGP

    *sigh* Sometimes I wonder what DOESN’T bring on the bitch reflex.
    For me, if it’s not PMS, it’s usually a case of too much pent up energy that I need to get rid of. If it’s not that, then it’s because I need to eat. Forgetting to eat is a problem with me sometimes and then WHAMMO, one way ticket to bitch town. Go figure.

  11. RGP

    *sigh* Sometimes I wonder what DOESN’T bring on the bitch reflex.
    For me, if it’s not PMS, it’s usually a case of too much pent up energy that I need to get rid of. If it’s not that, then it’s because I need to eat. Forgetting to eat is a problem with me sometimes and then WHAMMO, one way ticket to bitch town. Go figure.

  12. RGP

    *sigh* Sometimes I wonder what DOESN’T bring on the bitch reflex.
    For me, if it’s not PMS, it’s usually a case of too much pent up energy that I need to get rid of. If it’s not that, then it’s because I need to eat. Forgetting to eat is a problem with me sometimes and then WHAMMO, one way ticket to bitch town. Go figure.

  13. alntv

    Reading the headlines or turning on CNN or MSNBC can pretty much ruin any good mood I might be in. I hate watching news…all it does is piss me off!

  14. alntv

    Reading the headlines or turning on CNN or MSNBC can pretty much ruin any good mood I might be in. I hate watching news…all it does is piss me off!

  15. alntv

    Reading the headlines or turning on CNN or MSNBC can pretty much ruin any good mood I might be in. I hate watching news…all it does is piss me off!

  16. Dawn

    That’s really bizarre. I posted today before reading yours, exactly about being in a *mood*. See for yourself. Oh, and I have your blog as part of my *list* of faves. =)

  17. Dawn

    That’s really bizarre. I posted today before reading yours, exactly about being in a *mood*. See for yourself. Oh, and I have your blog as part of my *list* of faves. =)

  18. Dawn

    That’s really bizarre. I posted today before reading yours, exactly about being in a *mood*. See for yourself. Oh, and I have your blog as part of my *list* of faves. =)

  19. Jason

    Hmmmmm. Alcohol? Are you a happy drinker or a mad one? Or would you just have to be drunk all the time?

  20. Jason

    Hmmmmm. Alcohol? Are you a happy drinker or a mad one? Or would you just have to be drunk all the time?

  21. Jason

    Hmmmmm. Alcohol? Are you a happy drinker or a mad one? Or would you just have to be drunk all the time?

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